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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,   ETC.                281


In answer to your questions, I reply that we
are descended from the first writers in the " Paston
Letters," I believe, for Sir William, to whom several
of them are addressed, had several sons. The
eldest was the ancestor of the Earls of Yarmouth ;
the fifth Sir Thomas was the source of the Pastons
of Appleton and Horton in Somersetshire, whose
heiress (daughter of Edward) married Sir Henry
Bedingfield, my grandfather.

The King is so well that he is come to the
Queen's house to assist at a Court.

Lord Nelson married a widow in the West
Indies. He has but one arm; he cut his own
meat, as well as I can recollect, but, for aught I
know, Lady Hamilton may have helped him.

I dined with the Loutherbourgs on Saturday;
they talk of taking a house near Beverley, as they
hear much of the pleasures and cheapness of that
neighbourhood. In these days of taxation and
severity, I conceive there is much less difference
than there used to be between one part of Eng-
land and another.

I was prevailed upon last evening to go to
the opera. It was anything but an amusement
to me. It is the place of all others to annoy me